Dutton Kit Cars and their owners
went out today for the first time in the leggey started out ok ended up with a tow back :( was running fine for about 7 miles then it felt like it was running out of fuel water temp was sitting at 80c oil ok let it sit for a few min starts fine but wont pull missing like hell noticed the wire was off the rad fan fixed that then removed the plugs to see if it can tell me anything all ok except no4 was a bit darker than the rest on further inspection i noticed some hairline cracks on the white part so have replaced the plugs will see how it goes . but if anyone has any other suggestions as to possible causes im listening
no 4 prob got a worn stem seal. apparently they can pop out under hard driving conditions. so a lot glue them in. sounds fuel to me . maybe check for blockage in sender. lines. test pump.
Glue them in ,what a fcuking bodge, how a worn stem seal causes that is beyond me as they normally cause blue smoke , fuel pump is electric also fuel would cause all cylinders to suffer ,check connection of plug lead to cap also condition because its right above exhaust and possibly burnt so shorting out
so you cant understand why a worn stem seal would cause one of the plugs to be a different colour to the others. you must be thicker than i thought. heres a clue. BURNING OIL.
Hook line and sinker -:))) BINGO
ya still thick
Hmm Id say ignition system. Check dizzy,leads,cap, if it has a dizzy, and defo replace the plugs. I dont no what engine is in your car so couldn't say anymore than that.
If you can't get it sorted give me a shout and I'll have a look at it for you...
thanks for the offer jay im in lanarkshire . thinkin ign system myself just not sure whats at fault thats the second time its happened last time was when i took it for the mot an thought it was running out of fuel . it could be the coil breaking down under pressure it has been replaced but that dont mean it not broke i have the 1 that was on when i got the car going to change it tomorrow after wk then take it for a spin
the plugs leads and coil and dizzy cap are new i chucked the point away an fitted electronic ignition accuspark unit there is a bit blue smoke and suspected stem seal valve was the source of that issue would that make it run like a bag o bolts in the flick o a switch though ??? going to get new plugs in the morning it seems ok at the moment just makes you weary of going any distance till i know its ok
The accuspark units don't time up in the same place as the standard points.
Are you running a Bosch dizzy (red cap) or a Motorcraft one (black cap)? The Motorcraft ones sometimes develop shaft bearing issues.
Rob's idea of running it in the dark to check for arcing and or broken insulation is sound.
I had similar issues with my Pinto, Ade reckoned plugs, I bought new NGK?? plugs from Ade, transformed the car. My plugs were brand new, the right grade etc. but they were just to cold and one kept fouling. Ade will know which ones worked :-)